Headlines — September 2006
Harper names new president; founders nominated for education awards
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Harper Corporation announced that Margaret Harper Kluttz accepted the position of president effective July 1, 2006. Daughter of founders Ron and Katherine Harper, Kluttz has served the company for 34 years, as production manager, administration manager, customer service manager, vice president of administration, and executive vice president.
“We have a tremendous management group and an energetic, well-trained workforce,” said Kluttz. “Harper has spent an enormous amount of time, effort, and dollars on the training and education of our entire team, especially in the past few years. We feel confident and well prepared to continue our vigorous global growth agenda in the decades ahead.”
In other Harper Corp. news, The International Graphic Arts Education Association (IGAEA) nominated Ron and Katherine Harper for the 2006 Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) Education Awards of Excellence. IGAEA announced the nomination on August 2 at the 81st annual International Graphic Arts Education Association Conference, which took place at the California Polytechnic Institute. The winner will be announced at the 2006 GASC/PIA/GATF Teacher’s Conference, which will take place October 14-16 in Chicago, Illinois.
Ampac’s QuadPAK was selected for reclosable nutritional gel product
CINCINNATI—The launch of Ajinomoto USA, Inc.’s Amino Vital Jel marks the first time a resealable pouch is being used to market a nutritional, energy, and recovery enhancing gel product in the United States. Ampac Flexibles, a unit of Ampac Packaging, LLC, designed the custom 140-ml (4.73 fl. oz.) package. The pouch’s structural advantages give athletes and other users more consumption flexibility than previously available in this product category. For the first time in the United States, the resealable, squeezable QuadPAK enables Ajinomoto to put portion control in the hands of the user. The unique QuadPAK pouch is made from polyester, foil, nylon, and polyethylene and “looks and acts like a box, except it’s flexible and it dispenses the gel through the spout,” says Craig Rutman, director of sales and marketing, Ampac Flexibles.